A Design and Dementia Community of Practice (CoP) is currently developing knowledge translation (KT) tools that provide evidenced-based recommendations for dementia and senior friendly environmental design.

Dementia-Friendly Design Considerations

Doorways   Lighting  Noise-Physical   Noise-Social   Wayfinding  

Now Featuring


  • Dementia - Friendly Doorway Design - Interventions & Innovations (slides) Presenters: Jocelyn Hunt, B.A. Gerontology, CPG, CAPS; Environmental Gerontologist / Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist; Home Adaptation and Maintenance Program Manager; CHATS - Community & Home Assistance to Seniors; and Jennifer Blaik, B.R.L.S; Post Graduate Certificate Therapeutic Recreation; Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant,  The Regional Municipality of York
  • Lighting and Dementia (slides), Frances Morton-Chang, MHSc, PhD(c), Gerontologist and Health Policy Researcher; and Stephanie Long-Riley, OT Reg. (Ont.), Sage Homes Owner/Consultant and RGP Outreach Clinician
  • How to create Age-Friendly Communities through Setting New Parameters for Landscape Environmental Design (poster presentation), RCC Institute of Technology
  • Let's Talk About Design and Dementia: Feedback on Design recommendations-  Presenter: Frances Morton-Chang, PhD(c ) Gerontologist, Health Policy Researcher: Slides, Question and Resource HandoutRecording 
  • The Dementia-Friendly Design Series: Wayfinding- Presenters: Deb Bryson,B.Sc.(OT), OT Reg.(Ont.), PRC. and Jocelyn Hunt, B.A. Gerontology and Health Studies, PEC: Recording.
  • The Dementia-Friendly Design Series: Noise - Presenters: Michelle Wolfenden, Manager, Business Development, Snyder & Associates Inc., John Swallow, M.A.Sc.,P.Eng LEED AP, Swallow Acoustic Consultants Ltd, Ken Hancock, P.Eng., Retired, Frances Morton-Chang, PhD(c ) Health Policy Gerontologist, Dementia Educator:  Presentation Handout & Video: Supporting Derek
  • The Dementia-Friendly Design Series: Lighting - Presenters :Frances Morton-Chang, PhD(c ) Gerontologist, Health Policy Researcher and Leah Sadler, Associate Director of Education, MAREP:  Literature Review Presentation Handout
  • The Dementia-Friendly Design Series: Doorways - Presenters: Frances Morton-Chang, PhD(c ) Gerontologist, Health Policy Researcher and Deb Bryson,  B.Sc.(OT), OT Reg.(Ont.), Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant, Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton Presentation: Presentation Handout



Community of practice members share their expertise:

  • Annotated bibliography prepared by Bill Benbow, a development consultant for senior's housing and care and a  community of practice member. These articles are specifically related to research and information on Wayfinding. For more Information please visit Bill's website
  • Murray Alzheimer Resource Education Program (MAREP) - Community of practice member Jessica Luh-Kim is the Associate Director of Education at MAREP where they have a variety of tools and resources available.

Merging Research and Practice

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